Tuesday, May 25, 2010

René Pape Makes Debut as Wotan at La Scala in New Production of Wagner’s Rheingold under Daniel Barenboim

Ring Fans and Opera Lovers Around the World Can Experience Pape’s Wotan Live from La Scala via HD Satellite Broadcast on May 26 – and New Yorkers Can Watch “Live” at Symphony Space, at 2pm

“A glorious role debut that will change the perception of this Wagner character for the next decades”– Die Welt (Germany)

While a general theatrical strike caused the cancellation of the original opening night and delayed René Pape’s long-awaited role debut as Wagner’s King of the Gods, Wotan, Pape remarked calmly during his strike-imposed relaxation in a Milan hotel room, “Whenever it happens, it happens. My Wotan is ready to enter the world.”

The strike concluded, Wagner’s Das Rheingold opened on May 16 at La Scala in a new co-production by Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Berlin State Opera, directed by Guy Cassiers with Daniel Barenboim conducting.

“From the first balsamic, beautiful bass-baritone note, Pape is the center of attention: René Pape is shown as an almost conventional Wotan with double-breasted suit and spear. His ring: Michael Jackson’s glove as evil itself. Pape is a sad God, who nevertheless has authority as his powerful and flexible, thoroughly healthy voice unfolds throughout the evening. “A wonderful role debut, which will change the perception of this Wagner character for decades to come. One looks forward to its (further) development.” – Die Welt “The cast of singers is formidable, beginning with the warm, and, at the same time, terrifying Wotan from René Pape.” – Corriere della Sera (Milan) “The audience directed its well-deserved ovations primarily to the solid and charismatic René Pape (Wotan).” – Il Giornale (Milan)

Thanks to HD satellite technology, Ring lovers and Pape fans in the United States and around the world will be able to experience this new production of Das Rheingold live from La Scala on May 26.

For those who cannot make the broadcast, René Pape has recorded Wotan’s aria from Das Rheingold, “Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge,” on his ECHO Klassik Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon release, Gods, Kings & Demons, which is available on CD and also as a download on iTunes and elsewhere.

In the fall, after making his Metropolitan Opera role debut as Boris Godunov, Pape will return to La Scala as Wotan in Die Walküre.

Live in HD from La Scala: Das Rheingold, May 26 at 2pm EST

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